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What does it mean when the connectivity icons in the status bar go white/gray?

I've got a Motorola Electrify on Android 2.3. Sometimes my network icons (3G and the cellular network bars) are grey, and sometimes they're blue. They seem to be blue when I have a good connection and/or when my connection will work.

What exactly do the colors mean? I've noticed when I have a grey 3G icon, my wireless tether doesn't work at all and I often can't get web pages to load right, regardless of signal strength.

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marked as duplicate by eldarerathis, Chahk, Ben Brocka, Lie Ryan, Al E. Apr 16 '12 at 19:53

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I've "genericized" the previous question's title to now read What does it mean when the connectivity icons in the status bar go white/gray?, and I think it adequately covers this. – eldarerathis Apr 10 '12 at 17:16
@eldarerathis Oh, yeah that looks generic enough now – Ben Brocka Apr 10 '12 at 18:17
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In my stock Ice Cream Sandwich, the icons turn blue when there is Internet connectivity and grey when there isn't. I'm not sure on Gingerbread though.

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Shouldn't the 3G icon not be there when there's no internet connectivity though? – Ben Brocka Apr 10 '12 at 16:48
It's not strictly "Internet" connectivity, it's connectivity to Google's services. The distinction is that you can be connected to the Internet but not to Google, feasibly. See What does it mean when the connectivity icons in the status bar go white in Gingerbread? – eldarerathis Apr 10 '12 at 17:04
Thanks, didn't know that. – roxan Apr 10 '12 at 17:29

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